Obituaries

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Fr. Joseph Pastick

Associate pastor

Father Joseph Pastick, 94, died Oct. 19 at Southern Pines Healthcare Center, New Port Richey, Florida. Father Pastick’s last assignment in the Archdiocese of Chicago was as associate pastor of Our Lady of the Wayside Parish, Arlington Heights. 

Father Pastick was born in Chicago and attended St. Andrew School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein before being ordained in 1949. 

He was assistant pastor at St. Felicitas (1949-1956); Annunciation (Wabansia Avenue) (1956-1961); St. Mary, Buffalo Grove (1961-1964); St. George, Tinley Park (1964-1969); and St. Richard (1969-1975). He served as associate pastor at Our Lady of Humility, Beach Park; St. Emily, Mount Prospect (1980-1987) and at Our Lady of the Wayside, Arlington Heights (1987-1993).

In 1993, he retired from active ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago and relocated to Florida, where he assisted at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, New Port Richey. He retired as sacramental minister in 2011, when he moved to Springhill, Florida. 

He is survived by his brother, Jerry Pastick.

Fr. Donald Lund

Pastor emeritus

Father Donald Lund, 74, died Oct. 29 at Woods Crossing in Brodhead, Wisconsin. Father Lund had lived near his family in Davis, Wisconsin, since his retirement in 2010. 

Born in Chicago, Father Lund attended Our Lady of Grace School and Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1969. 

Father Lund served as assistant pastor at St. Mark Parish (1969-1976) and St. John the Evangelist Parish in Streamwood (1976-1982). He continued his ministry as associate pastor at St. Philomena Parish on Cortland Avenue (1982-1983) and as pastor at Good Shepherd (1983-2003). Later, Father Lund served as associate pastor at St. Joseph, Round Lake (2003-2010), and was named pastor emeritus of Good Shepherd in 2010.

He is survived by his brothers John, Robert, James, Kenneth and Joseph and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Deacon John Nolan

Class of 1985

Deacon John Nolan, 77, died Oct. 25. He was ordained in 1985 and served at St. Julian Eymard Parish. Elk Grove Village.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; children Michael Nolan, Julie Hake and Kevin Nolan; eight grandchildren; and his brothers, Bill and Jim Nolan.

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Sr. Renee Miller

Educator, pastoral minister

Sister of Christian Charity Renee (Hester) Miller, 101, died Sept. 20 at Sacred Heart Convent, Wilmette.

Born in Evanston, she attended Mallinckrodt High School. A few months before graduation she asked to enter the convent, and she entered the candidacy 1935. She made her first vows in 1938 and began teaching in Iowa. She later taught at St. Aloysius (1951-1964) and St. Isaac Jogues, Niles (1967-1969).

In 1971, Sister Renee returned to the motherhouse in Wilmette where she served as sacristan of the chapel. In 1978, she moved to St. Margaret Mary Convent and served as housekeeper and minister of Communion. A year as a teacher’s aide at St. Teresa School in Chicago followed.  

Sister Renee’s next assignment (1982-1987) was to St. Theresa Convent in Palatine, where she was church sacristan, seamstress and a visitor to the sick. In 1987, Sister Renee moved to Sacred Heart Convent, where she again served as sacristan and helped with the driving.

A marked change in Sister Renee’s ministry began in 1994, when she moved to Josephinum Convent in Chicago; she spent one year as a volunteer at a local hospital. In 1995, Sister Renee took up pastoral ministry at Sacred Heart Convent in Wilmette. In 2001, she retired from active ministry, but continued helping with light duties.

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Sr. Myra Beltz

Educator

Sister of Christian Charity Myra (Evelyn) Beltz, 96, died Oct. 11 at Sacred Heart Convent, Wilmette.

Born in Chicago, Sister Myra attended St. Aloysius School and Josephinum High School before entering the novitiate of the Sisters of Christian Charity in 1940.

She ministered as a teacher and school principal in Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota and Louisiana, as well as Illinois. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Aloysius (1960-1966). She moved to Josephinum Convent in 2000 and assisted with the literacy program for a year. In 2001 she was transferred to Sacred Heart Convent.  

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Fr. Sigmund Jamroz

Missionary

Maryknoll Father Sigmund S. Jamroz died Oct. 19 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. He was 79 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 51 years.

Born in Poland, Father Jamroz moved to Chicago with his family as a child and attended Holy Trinity grade school and high school. 

Father Jamroz professed his perpetual oath in 1965 and was ordained in 1966. Following ordination, he was assigned to Bolivia, where he spent his entire missionary career.

Father Jamroz retired during 2003 but remained in Bolivia to continue his ministry.

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Sr. Josette Pahl

Educator

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Josette Pahl, 98, died Oct. 18 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

Born in Minneapolis, she made her first religious profession in 1938 and her final profession in 1941. She ministered in Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. 

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Giles, Oak Park (1938-1949), and St. Jarlath (1958-1961). 

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Sr. Mary Ellen Dow

Educator, pastoral minister

Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Mary Ellen Dow, 58, died Oct. 4 in Cincinnati.

Born and raised in Chicago, Sister Mary Ellen attended St. Peter Canisius School and Notre Dame High School.  She entered the community in 1966 and made her final vows in 1972.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Robert Bellarmine and Notre Dame High School. From 1997–2014, she served as director of campus ministry at two colleges in Massachusetts and at Trinity Washington University.    

Sister Mary Ellen is survived by her sister, Cathy A. Dow-Royer.

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Fr. Vincent Burke

Missionary

Divine Word Father Vincent Burke, 83, died Sept. 21 in Techny.

Born in Massachusetts, Father Burke started studying at the Divine Seminary in 1947. He professed first vows in 1953 and was ordained a priest in Techny in 1961.
He ministered for more than 50 years in Ghana.

“During his many years in Ghana, since he worked mostly in educational institutions, he produced excellent professionals: teachers, priests, ministers, doctors, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, journalists and many others who work in different parts of the world,” said Divine Word Father Edward Tetteh, who knew Father Burke when Tetteh was growing up in Ghana.

He returned to the United States for the last time in 2011 at age 77. Five years later, in recognition of his service to the Ghanaian people, President John Dramani Mahama bestowed the honor of Office of the Order of Volta upon him.

He is survived by two brothers, Walter and Kevin Burke.

 
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Sr. Marcella Falat

Educator

Holy Family of Nazareth Sister Marcella (Eleonore) Falat, 93, died Sept. 15.

Born in Chicago, she entered the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in 1946, at 22 years old, and professed final vows in 1954. 

She spent 50 years serving as a teacher or principal in Chicago area schools including Holy Trinity, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Patricia, St. Ladislaus, St. Emily, St. John the Baptist and St. Mary of Nazareth. She also spent three years at St. Andrew the Apostle School in Texas. Additionally, she served as a provincial councilor and director of ministry.

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